MES 323K • Readings in Modern Arab/Islamic Texts
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
The aim of this class is to engage directly with the writings of leading Middle Eastern Arab and Islamic intellectuals during the past 150 years. It designed for students with some previous background in Middle East Studies. Main topics for consideration will be: Jurisprudence, Rational Science, Theory of Knowledge, Political Theory, Style of Living, Women's Civil Rights, Social Liberalism and more. Through a close textual analysis of writers such as Jurji Zaydan, Muhammad Abduh, Taha Husayn, Sayyid Qutub (and more contemporary texts). We will examine multiple vernacular intellectual traditions such as Arab Liberalism, Islamic Modernism, Reformism, Salafism, and Radicalism.
Grading: class participation - 20%; two short papers - 25%; Final Paper - 35%; Midterm exam 20%.
The reading includes (tentative, and subject to change): Albert Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1989 Press) Banna, Hasan, Five tracts of Hasan Al-Banna' (1906-1949 : a Selection from the Majmu'at rasa'il al-Imam al-shahid Hasan al-Banna' (Berkeley, 1978) Charles Kurzman, Modernist Islam 1840-1940: A Sourcebook (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) Mansoor Moaddel, Kamran Talattof (eds.), An Anthology of Modernist and. Fundamentalist Thought (NY: Palgrave, 2002) Rifa'a Rafi' al-Tahtawi, A n Imam in Paris: Account of A Stay in France By an Egyptian Cleric, 1826-1831 (London: Saqi, 2004). Salama Musa, The Education of Salama Musa (Leiden, Brill, 1961). Smith, Charles, Islam and the Search for Social Order in modern Egypt : a biography of Muhammad Husayn Haykal (NY: Albany, 1983). Taha Hussein, The Days (Cairo: The American University of Cairo Press, 1997).